Parents review their top baby beach getaways for that first vacation when your tiny traveler needs a gentle introduction to the pleasures of sun, sand and waves.
As parents, we can’t wait to introduce our babies to the world. We make a fuss about their first taste of ice cream, their first visit to the zoo, and their first airplane ride. One of the pleasures we can’t wait to share is the family beach vacation.
We know baby will grin from ear to ear while splashing in the water and digging in the sand, chasing seabirds and collecting shells. We know baby will not want to leave… ever.
When you’re planning a kids’ vacation with an infant or toddler, just any beach won’t do.
So, we interviewed Moms and Dads around the United States about their favorite family beach vacations, and came up with a short list of beaches that are especially baby-friendly. Our list of a dozen great beaches for the youngest set will introduce you to the places where the shoreline is covered in soft sand; warm, gentle waters lap at the coast; and a lifeguard is on duty
[Editor’s Note: Due to budget contraints there are no lifeguards at Whitefish Dunes State Park.]
A Dozen Top Baby Beach Getaways
Here’s FTF’s list of great family beaches and baby beaches
Bethany Beach – Featured in Bethany Beach is Delaware’s Quiet Resort
Clearwater Beach – Featured in Clearwater: Another Side of Florida
Poipu Beach, Kauai – Featured in Kauai, Hawaii Fun Activities for Toddlers
Baby Beach, Maui – Featured in The Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Maui Welcomes Tiny Travelers
First Encounter Beach, Eastham – Featured in Massachusetts’ Very Own Cape Cod
Sleeping Bear Dunes, Empire – Featured in Five Family Beaches on the Great Lakes
Flying Point Beach, Southhampton – Featured in A Weekend in the Hamptons
Huntington Beach State Park at Murrells Inlet – Featured in A Myrtle Beach Family Vacation
Corpus Christi/McGee Beaches – Featured in South Texas Welcomes Families
Whitefish Dunes State Park – Featured in Reunion Destination – Door County, Wisconsin
Baby Beach Day Wellness Tips
Before you load up the minivan or pack your picnic basket, here are a few tips to keep in mind to protect parents and baby from the stress of summer.
- Extra diapers, bathing suit and clothes
- Lots of drinks and snacks
- Toys such as a beach ball, pail & shovel, dump truck
- Plan to be on the beach after 2pm, when the sun is not at its strongest
- Slather your baby in sunscreen to protect her very sensitive skin, re-apply it regularly, and have her wear a wide brim hat and sunglasses.
- Consider clothing that has UV protection built into the fabric
- Protect little feet from hot sand and pebbles with watershoes, Tevas or Crocs
- Bring a beach umbrella for quiet or nap time
This story was accurate when it was published. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question, and stay up to date with current events to ensure a safe and successful trip.